Friday, February 11, 2011

Monogram Coffee Filter Wreath

Coffee filter wreaths have been all the rage the last year or so, but I have yet to make one of these beauties for myself. I bought the coffee filters with the intent to do a regular wreath, but then had the idea to do a monogram hanger for the wedding.  I had already planned to make a monogram hanging with moss or something on it, so this would save me some money!  I think I spent around $5 total for everything including the coffee filters and some gluesticks. 
Here is how to make your own:
  • Cardboard
  • Box Cutter/Exacto knife
  • Marker/Pen
  • Glue gun
  • Glue Sticks (you’ll use a lot of these)
  • Coffee Filters (I used right at 150)
Step #1: Draw your monogram letter onto a piece of cardboard.  My monogram is about 18 inches tall, but you can adjust to whatever size you need.  I just freehanded the “J”, but you could always print one off the computer, cut it out, and then trace it. Step #2: Cut out letter with a box cutter or exacto knife  100_0913 Step #4 Once you have your letter cut out, you may need to do some trimming with scissors.  Then get all of your additional supplies together to begin gluing the coffee filters onto the board.


100_0918 Step #5: I began by lining the edges with folded coffee filters. 100_0919 Fold the coffee filter in half, half it again, and then half it again.  Snip off the end to help the glue get into all the layers 100_0923 100_0920 Step #6: Begin filling in the middle section.   100_0921 I used a combination of filters folded in half twice and filters folded in half 3 times like the outline ones.   I didn’t snip off the ends of most of the ones in the middle so as to try to cover more of the cardboard. Just fill in as needed, and work your way all the way around the letter.  You don’t need to be exact, it is a very forgiving project.  If you mess us, just tear off the filter.  100_0925 Step #7: Look at your completed letter and see if you see any holes that need to be filled.  I had a few spots on the top that I added a few more filters to.  You may also want to trim the filters if there are areas that are uneven.  Just cut off the tops of the filters to the desired height.  100_0927
Enjoy your beautiful, frugal wreath door hanger!  I am going to be using ours at our wedding reception, and then later can use it in our home.

You can hang it if you add a ribbon on the back or just sit up somewhere :)

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  1. guess i'm behind the 8 ball on this one... never heard of coffee filter wreaths! i do however love the monogram idea!! the dimension would be great just about anywhere! thanks for tutorial!! already have an idea brewing.. :)

  2. Question about your image transfer with you think that would work on burlap? I am using burlap for my table squares and have been trying to figure out how to get the image I have onto the burlap. Custom stamps are like $100 and painting doesn't work, it bleeds. Any suggestions?

  3. I've seen the ones that are tinted (assuming they could be used filters). Love the white. You must be so patient. Clever. Thanks for the tutorial.

    Lisa x

  4. So pretty! I love how this project turned out.

  5. @The Brunette Bride
    For the Citrasolv transfer, I think that it could work on burlap, but you would have to make sure that you pressed down really really hard to get in all the creases. The image probably wouldn't be very clear, just because of the weave of the fabric. I would do a test run before I started doing the table squares.

  6. I have made 3 of these for my upcoming wedding. GREAT tutorial, thank you!!!

  7. I also just used a cardboard box for a monogram in a pinch. Love the dimension & look of the coffee filters here! Will hopefully be making these for my wedding next year!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  8. So perfect for a wedding. They would be super cute for a little girls room too! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  9. What a completely adorable wreath ~ I love it!

    Have a Happy Labor Day.

  10. I really love it..Super Frugal too. How long did it take you to do it.

  11. @BabiesandBargains I think it might have taken about an hour and a half or so...not too long.

  12. This is BEAUTIFUL!!! I am in love with the way the coffee filters look and it's such a creative way to do it on a monogram letter!

  13. I would like to make the monogram wreath with taupe colored filters. What's the best way to die them?

  14. @Anonymous
    You can buy natural colored coffee filters at most grocery stores- I would check those out before I dyed them.

  15. Looks like a lot of work but it came out really nice. I would love to do one of my friend's own name but I dunno if I want to do all the work. That would take a while.

    -Zane of ontario honey

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